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Ruby Bute

(Ruby Angelica) was born in Aruba on the 13th of January 1943 and came to Sint Maarten on the 6th of November 1976. Since 1986 Ruby Bute is employee at the Department of Culture. She is also art-teacher at the John Larmonie Center. She was the first woman who organised after-school-activities for children of elementary schools. Ruby Butes' endeavor is to promote young upcoming artists for the pride of Sint Maarten. Besides her art she is known for her poems, collected in Golden Voices of S'maatin and Floral Bouquet to the Daughters of Eve (published in January 1996). Ruby Bute was honored and awarded many times in the Caribbean. On the 11th of January 2004 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Municipality of French St. Martin.
WIN 2005

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  • Antillen/Aruba 2005

    Crossing the Seas - Sint Maarten

    With: Clark Accord, Diana Ferrus, Drisana Deborah Jack, Gerrit Komrij, Joy Reiph-Arnell, La-Vaune Henry & Mosera, Myra Römer, Papa Mpho, Putu Wijaya, Ruby Bute

    A programme with literature and music from Indonesia, the Netherlands, South-Africa, Suriname, Saint Martin, Curaçao and Aruba, with MC Joy Reiph-Arnell, and musical performance by singer La-Vaune Henry, accopanied by artist and musician Mosera. Six authors travel from island to island in these weeks, for the festival Crossing the Seas. This evening they perform with their Aruban fellow-authors Papa Umpe and Ruby Bute. The Dutch former 'Dichter des Vaderlands (inoffical 'poet laureate') Gerrit Komrij will perform his poems. One of the main writers from Indonesia, Putu Wijaya, wil read one of his wonderful stories. The Dutch/Surinamese novelist Clark Accord - known through his debut-novel De Koningin van Paramaribo (The Queen of Paramaribo) - wil read from his latest novel Tussen Apoera en Oreala (Between Apoera and Oreala). Poet Diana Ferrus comes from Cape Town. She became known through her poem on Saartje Baartman, the  'Hottentot-Venus', a black South-African woman who in the 19th century was forced to travel through Europe as a kermiss-attraction. Myra Römer, born in Curaçao, now lives in The Netherlands. Early she a surprising writers' debut with Verhalen van Fita (Stories of Fita), about a girl growing up in Curaçao in the fifties. Drisana Deborah Jack is a poet from this island.  All foreign authors will read in their mother tongue, while their text is simultaneously projected on a screen in English.